Domaine Berrien Cellars
Domaine Berrien Cellars is situated on an 80 acre farm located in Berrien County, Michigan, in the heart of scenic Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country. Our vineyard development began in 1992 when Thomas & Abigail Fricke purchased the property, which was all planted in tart cherry trees at the time. They started by ripping out cherry trees and planting wine grapes, a few acres at a time. Tom was nearing retirement, and wanted to spend more time on his hobbies – growing grapes and making wine.
From his travels and climate research, Tom was convinced that our area here in Berrien County was similar to the Northern Rhone region of France and that Rhone grape varietals (such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne) could be successfully grown and vinified here. His daughter and son-in-law, Katie & Wally Maurer, lived in the suburbs of Chicago and toiled away in “corporate America”, looking forward to the weekends when they could escape city life and help Mom & Dad with the grapes and winemaking.